Tag Archives: Courier-Journal

  1. Event Alert: Louisville Storytellers event will be all about food on Nov. 16

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    November 4, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Food and good stories complement one another like Nutella and pretzels (just try it if you don’t believe me). And later this month, the first-ever Louisville Storytellers event will turn the spotlight on this entertaining combination.

  2. The $10 Challenge: Thai Noodles


    July 24, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This is the dish that inspired me to get back on my $10 Challenge game.

    This year, I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut.

    I’ve become a creature of habit when it comes to eating out at Louisville-area restaurants. Part of this stagnation is because of (shameless plug alert) my book, Louisville DinersI was doing nothing but eating at new-to-me restaurants ALL THE TIME while I wrote it last year. When I finally turned in that manuscript at the end of 2014, I happily settled into a restaurant rotation that I haven’t strayed from in what feels like forever.

    I also blame my own laziness for my lack of restaurant exploration (and, consequently, a lack of $10 Challenge posts). With grad school and a new job at CNET and a husband and a Roscoe, it’s just easier to pick a restaurant that doesn’t require much planning and anticipation. I think a lot about a restaurant before my first visit, and I’ve just let my daily life tire me out so much that I haven’t had much mental energy to devote to finding new eating places. Is their menu online? How big are their entrees? Is it worth the trip? It takes a lot of work to love food as much as I do.

    I know, I know, excuses that I’ve made before. But my new role at CNET has given me a perk I didn’t anticipate: a new work location with new neighborhood restaurants to try. My awesome co-workers have introduced me to some great restaurants in the area, and Thai Noodles on Preston Highway has quickly become one of my favorites.

  3. Bits and Pieces: Grind food truck, Gelato Gilberto and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.17.14


    February 17, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Be on the lookout for the Gelatomobile (Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert).

    Blogger’s note: Y’ALL. I have been buried in the delightful terror that is grad school. I’ll have to tell you about it one day. I’m blogging while I’m up for air.


    • Louisville loves Liz and Jesse Huot. How do I know? I linked to a story about the pair behind Grind food truck opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and it’s the most read post EVER on the Ashlee Eats Facebook page. The couple plans to open a restaurant in the building that used to house Oasis Sushi on Preston Highway. Congratulations, you crazy kids. (Courier-Journal)
  4. As a couple of restaurant doors close, many more open in Louisville

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    November 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    El Camino. Photo courtesy of ConsumingLouisville.com.

    I feel like I’m missing something.

    Restaurants are opening up around town like gangbusters, and I can’t figure out why. Is this a sign of the economy bouncing back? Has Louisville’s appetite for eating out reached epic proportions? Am I just noticing this uptick more because I write about food? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

    I’m going to take a Dayquil and ponder this. In the meantime, here is a round-up of some notable openings (and a closing or two). Click the source links for more info.



    Douglass Loop/Highlands


    Downtown/River Road

    • Open: Atlantic No. 5 (Ashlee Eats)
    • Opening: Unnamed restaurant from the same management company behind Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar and La Coop: Bistro a Vins (Business First of Louisville)


    Fourth Street


    Outer Loop

  5. Bits and Pieces: Dippin’ Dots, Burger Boy, and other Louisville food news from the web, 7.12.13

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    July 12, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A sampling of Burger Boy.


    • The owner of the Old Louisville diner (and $10 Challenge subject) Burger Boy plans to turn the Tavern Bar & Grill at Fourth and Gaulbert streets into an upscale restaurant. My husband used to do a lot of karaoke at the Tavern, so I’m pretty curious to see how this pans out. (Insider Louisville)
  6. Bits and Pieces: Butchertown Market, Southern Living and other Louisville food news from the web, 4.12.13

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    April 12, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    • You still have one day to pledge your financial support to the Louisville Public Media spring membership drive. Technically, you can donate any time, but you get cool stuff during the fund drive. I was lucky enough to be a part of a volunteer group that Melissa, aka Loueyville, organized to work the phones Thursday night. Find out more about making a donation here
    • Louisville got a shout out in Southern Living for being one of the South’s top 10 “Tastiest Towns.” Durham, N.C., won top honors. We’ll get ’em next year. (Southern Living)
    • Louisville Originals, a local-restaurant coalition, has filed a lawsuit against Asiatique co-owner Pabs Sembillo for alleged embezzlement. (Insider Louisville)
    • “Cunningham’s, a popular Fourth Street restaurant known primarily for oversized fish sandwiches, is listed for sale for $675,000, but the son of the owners says he may take over the store’s operation and remove it from the market.” Well, that’s clear as mud. (Courier-Journal)


    • Chipotle will open its second Louisville location at 10331 Westport Road in front of Home Depot. (Business First of Louisville)
    • Erika Chavez-Graziano, the owner of Cellar Door Chocolates, plans to open a restaurant in Butchertown Market called Jackknife. The restaurant, set to open in July, will serve brunch and lunch. (Insider Louisville)
    • Susan Hershberg, the owner of Wiltshire on Market restaurant, will open another storefront at 901 Barret Ave. called Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe. The eatery will serve baked goods, soups, sandwiches and coffee. (Insider Louisville)
  7. What restaurant should replace Lynn’s Paradise Cafe?


    March 19, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Chicken molé with plantains at Guaca Mole.

    The scuttlebutt about Lynn’s Paradise Café just keeps churning.

    The latest news about this now-defunct Louisville restaurant staple is that the owner, Lynn Winter, wants to sell the restaurant, the Courier-Journal reports (click here for more background on the closing).

    Winter said she is “going to be really picky” about who she sells the café to. Fortunately, I’m not picky. Nor do I have a stake in this fight. That means I can spout off a list of what I would like to see go into this prime real estate at 984 Barret Avenue:

    • Guaca Mole. This restaurant has become my new favorite place to eat. Fortunately for me, this Mexican restaurant is located in the East End. Unfortunately for everyone else, it’s only located in the East End. A Guaca Mole outpost in the Highlands would fare well.
    • Wild Eggs. My love of this breakfast/lunch spot runs deep. Putting a Wild Eggs branch in this location would give post-Derby revelers an affordable, great place to brunch.
    • A soul food restaurant. And not one of those fancy soul food restaurants where a plate of grits costs $12. I’m talking about a place with a Kool-Aid of the Day (a real item at a Las Vegas restaurant I visited once), cornbread made in cast iron skillets, collared greens cooked in pork fat, and a “meat and three” special that only costs about $8.
    • A barbecue joint. Because you can never go wrong with barbecue. Scientists have proven it. Give me some pulled pork, crispy coleslaw and baked beans, and I’m in heaven.
    • A 24-hour bakery with delivery services to the greater Louisville area. A woman can dream, can’t she?


    What restaurant (real or imagined) do you think should replace Lynn’s Paradise Café?

  8. Bits and Pieces: Dragon King’s Daughter, Game and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.4.13

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    February 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    • John E’s Restaurant and Lounge closed abruptly last week. (WHAS 11)



    • “Louisville residents currently spend $100 million annually on local foods and are interested in purchasing an additional $158 million each year, for a total demand of $258 million.” Noted. (Business First of Louisville)



  9. Bits and Pieces: Chef Edward Lee, Lynn Winter and other Louisville food news from the web, 1.29.13

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    January 29, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    • Lynn Winter, the owner of the now-closed Lynn’s Paradise Café, said she mourns the loss of the restaurant and apologized to its employees. (Courier-Journal)
    • The New York Times took a good look at the Louisville origins of Henry Bain sauce. (New York Times, Business First of Louisville)



    • Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Top Chef fame will open a restaurant called Milkwood at Actor’s Theatre. Milkwood will open Feb. 8 and serve “comfort bar food with an Asian pantry.” (Consuming Louisville)
    • The family who opened Guaca Mole restaurant last year will open their second restaurant, Mussel & Burger Bar, on Feb. 4. The restaurant, an upscale take on American bistro, is located at 9200 Taylorsville Road in Jeffersontown. (Insider Louisville)
    • A new Qdoba opened in Middletown at 13006 Shelbyville Road. (Qdoba email)
  10. Bits and Pieces: Burger’s Market, Havana Rumba and other Louisville food news from the web, 1.7.13


    January 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Blogger’s note: Am I the only one who still hasn’t gotten back into the swing of a regular work week? Lagging after a long vacation = first world problem


    • Earth Friends Cafe will move its main location from New Albany to East Market in Louisville in the former Bodega location. (Consuming Louisville)



    • Burger’s Market on Grinstead Drive will close in March. The same family has run the grocery store since 1958. (WFPL)
    • The Great Harvest Bread Co. location in New Albany closed at the end of December. (News and Tribune)



    • Chef Maria’s Greek Deli, a carry-out “Mediterranean cuisine to go” spot, recently opened in St. Matthews. Creator Maria Bell was previously with Greek Paradise Cafe and It’s All Greek to Me, and she the chef behind the Gyros Express food truck. (Courier-Journal)
    • Havana Rumba will open a fast-casual restaurant location called Havana Rumba Express. The location is still to be determined, but lots of fans have left comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page. (Consuming Louisville)



    • There’s a kerfuffle on the Louisville interwebs that involves Lynn’s Paradise Cafe and a former waitress. Yikes. (Eater Louisville)

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